April 23 – May 8, 2016
Münchner Geigentage 2016

Munich’s violin makers, building on the huge success of their exhibitions in 2007, 2010 and 2013, will mark three more years with another show devoted to exploring the development of violin and bow making in Munich.

They are seeking to draw public attention to a craft that rarely sees the limelight and yet is one that calls for supreme skill. Thirty-six independent violin and bow makers from Munich and the surrounding area have joined forces to organize this event. Each will display between one and three string instruments and up to six bows, thus presenting an impressive number of violins, violas, cellos and bows.

Between April 23 and May 8, 2016, visitors to the Münchner Stadtmuseum will be able to handle, compare and try out these bows and instruments for themselves, and even play them. At least two violin and bow makers will be present at all times to look after the exhibits and answer questions.

Cellos on display at Münchner Geigentage 2013 © Michael Jaumann
Violins in Michael Jaumann’s workshop © Michael Jaumann
Violins in Michael Jaumann’s workshop © Michael Jaumann

In the accompanying concert program, a selection of these master instruments and bows will be brought to life by celebrated musicians, such as Maximilian Hornung, Prof. Ingolf Turban, Hermann Menninghaus, the Henschel Quartett and the Goldmund Quartett.

Maximilian Hornung (cello), internationally acclaimed cello soloist, winner of the European Foundation for Culture “European Young Talent Award” in 2015 and the Echo Klassik prize for Newcomer of the Year in 2011. He was formerly principal cellist of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and also winner of the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb (German Music Competition) in 2005 and the ARD Music Competition in 2007.

Ingolf Turban (violinist) has been Professor of Violin at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Munich, since 2006. He was Professor of Violin in Stuttgart from 1995 to 2006 and concertmaster at the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra from 1985 to 1988.

Hermann Menninghaus (violist) is principal violist of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. He also teaches at the Academy of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and is a former member of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and the Super World Orchestra in Tokyo. In 1984, he won the University Competition at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen.

The Goldmund Quartet was awarded the 2015 Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis (Bavarian state award for the advancement of the arts) by Dr Ludwig Spaenle, Bavaria’s Minister of Culture. In 2014, the quartet won the audience prize at the International August-Everding Music Competition. In the same year, they were awarded first prize at the Schoenfeld International String Competition in Hardin, China.

The Henschel Quartet has won a number of international competitions in, for example, Evian, Banff, Salzburg and Osaka. In 2007, the quartet represented the Federal Republic of Germany as cultural ambassador at the Europalia’s anniversary celebration festival in Brussels. “This is, no question, one of the best groups in the world, a great string quartet” (Los Angeles Times)

Concert tickets will be available from the ticket office in the Münchner Stadtmuseum foyer half an hour before the start of the concert. Unfortunately, no advance tickets or reservations are possible. The audience will be admitted 30 minutes before concert begins.
Matinee tickets cost EUR 7, reduced rate EUR 3.50, evening performances EUR 10 (no reduced rates). Matinee and evening concert tickets include entry to the “Münchner Geigentage 2016” Special Exhibition after the concert. The instruments and bows on display in the exhibition may not be viewed during the concerts. The exhibition will, however, reopen as soon as the concert is over. The concerts will last around 1.5 hours.

Concert program
April 22, 2016 at 7.30 pm – Opening concert featuring the Goldmund Quartet
April 28, 2016 at 7.30 pm – Evening concert with the Henschel Quartet
May 1, 2016 at 11.00 am – Matinee performance with Maximilian Hornung
May 3, 2016 at 7.30 pm – Evening concert with Prof Ingolf Turban
May 8, 2016 at 11.00 am – Final concert with Hermann Menninghaus

Organisation: Michael Jaumann, master violin maker